The nominees for the 11th annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) were announced earlier this morning at a media breakfast held in Bryanston, North of Johannesburg.
Hosted by actress Nambitha Mpumlwana, it was also announced that the SAFTA’s would be moving to a new home for the next 5 years.
The first awards ceremony in this new home will be held at Sun City under the theme 'SA’s Got It, Let’s Celebrate It.’The new venue probably also explains the rumour that there’s also going to be a SAFTA’s beach party.
There's gonna be a SAFTAs beach party. #SAFTAs11— LMV. 😍 (@Nolo_Seabi) February 16, 2017
Organizers of the SAFTA’s, the NFVF, have also extended the nomination deadline for the following discretionary awards.
Seeing as there are 258 nominees in over 89 categories, we understand why the ceremony needs to be held over two nights!
Some of the #SAFTAs11 nominees include:
Best Talk Show - Real Talk With Anele, Republiek van Zoid Afrika and The Chatroom
Best Variety Show - Expresso, Jou Me se Chef and Sarah Graham Food Safari season 1
Best Magazine Show - 50/50, All Access Mzansi and The Man Cave
Best International Format Show - Clash of the Choirs, The Great South African Bake Off Season 1 and The Voice South Africa
Best Music Show - Coke Studio, Jam Sandwich and Xperia Mashlab
Best Game Show - Musiek Roulette season 3, Noot vir Noot season 41, Point of Order
Best Reality Show - The Ultimate Braai Master, Vrydag4Uur and Weg! Agtepaale, Namibie
Best TV Drama - Bloedbroers, Heist season 1 and Sober Companion
Best Supporting Actor (TV Drama) - Warren Masemola, Tumisho Masha, Chris van Niekerk
Best Supporting Actress (TV Drama) - Jana Cilliers, Tina Jaxa, Samela Tyelbooi
Best Actor TV Drama - Neels van Jaarsveld, Jerry Mofokeng, Trevor Gumbi
Best Actress TV Drama - Tiffany Barbuzano, Brenda Ndxoli, Linda Sokhulu
Best TV Soap/Telenovela - High Rollers, Isibaya, The Road
Best Supporting Actor (Soap/Telenovela) - Mandla Gaduka, Pallance Dlaldla, Warren Masemola
Best Supporting Actress (Soap/Telenovela) - Maggie Benedict, Nandi Nyembe, Linda Sebezo
Best Actor (Soap/Telenovela) - Antony Coleman, Justin Strydom, Siyabonga Twala
Best Actress (Soap/Telenovela) - Tina Jaxa, Clemetine Mosimane, Masasa Mbangeni
Best TV Comedy - Puppet Nation ZANEWS!, Hotel, Those Who Can’t
Best Supporting Actor (TV Comedy) - Deon Lotz, Graham Wier, Reabetswe Rangaka
Best Supporting Actress (TV Comedy) - Sylviane Strike, Kate Normington, Robyn Scott
Best Actor (TV Comedy) - James Borthwick, Kagiso Lediga, Grant Swanby
Best Actress (TV Comedy) - Zola Nombona, Hannah Barnard, Chantal Herman
Best Supporting Actor (Feature Film) - Grant Swanby, Abdurahgmaan Adams, Deon Lotz
Best Supporting Actress (Feature Film) - Hlubi Mboya, Leleti Khumlo, Renate Stuurman
Best Actor (Feature Film) - Deon Lotz, Dan Jaques Mouton, Garion Dowds
Best Actress (Feature Film) - Anel Alexander, Shoki Mokgape, Christa Visser
Best Talk Show Host - Anele Mdoda, Karen Louise Greef (Karen Zoid), Bonnie Mbuli
Best Made-For-TV Movie - Skorokoro, Die Geur van Appelkose, Stick-Up
Best TV Presenter - Tumi Morkae, Siv Ngesi, Bob Mabena, Katlego Maboe, Chanely Wong, Laurian Nortje, Lawrence Maleka, Thembisa Mdoda, Masechaba Ndlovu
*Sidenote: public voting is now open for the Best TV Presenter category so you can expect your faves to start sharing details of how to vote for them very soon.
Most Popular TV Soap - Isibaya, Zabalaza, The Road, Gold Diggers, Isidingo, Generations The Legacy, Uzalo season 2, Ashes to Ashes season 2, Rhythm City, Suidooster, Getroud Met Rugby, Scandal!, Ring of Lies, Greed and Desire, Binnelanders, High Rollers, 7de Laan
UPDATE: You may have noticed that Skeem Saam and Muvhango are not on the list.
Well, according to Tshisa Live, SABC 1 soapie Skeem Saam didn't enter this year due to time constraints but will submit work for consideration in future.
SABC 2 soapie Muvhango however boycotted last year's awards and intend to do the same this year.
"Our stance remains as is. There has been little if any effort from the organisers to improve the judging process or allowing the public vote to hold higher rank. We remain stern in our views until a significant change is noticed... As mentioned previously, we seek to protect the integrity of our hard working crew and actors from the narrow views of a few individuals. It’s just not fair," said Muvhango associate producer Morishe Matlejoane.The 11th SAFTA’s will take place on the 16-18 March 2017 at Sun City with the main event broadcast live on the 18th on SABC 2.
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